Crews battle Colonie house fire, sentencing in Saratoga County ATV death, Albany County charter revisions pass, six tons of turkey

Colonie fire
Crews are battling a major house fire in Colonie this morning. One person was injured, a dog died and a large snake is missing from the home.[WNYT][TU]

Sentencing in ATV crash
A Saratoga County Court judge sentenced Edward Wager to five to 15 years in prison for the alcohol related ATV accident that killed a passenger in June of 2015. [Saratogian]

County judicial race heads to state Supreme Court
New York's State Supreme Court will rule on the outcome of a race for Schenectady County Family Court Judge. [Gazette]


Albany County Charter revisions
Voters on Tuesday approved revisions and updates to the Albany County Charter . [TU]

Obstructor-in-chief
Chuck Schumer's role as minority leader, and how this weeks election results will change it. [TU]


Reaction to Trump victory
Local leaders reactions to the results of this week's presidential election. [TWCN]

Polls
In an election where many polls seemed way off base, Siena College polls last month predicted Trump's victory in Florida. [NYT][Gazette]

Saratoga County tax hike
No objections were raise by Saratoga County supervisors on Wednesday to a proposed 1.77 percent property tax hike for county residents.

Power line down after crash
An overnight crash took out a power line at Route 155 and Old Niskayuna Road. [TU]

Man injured in fall from Stewart's Shop
A worker was injured on Wednesday when he fell 10 to 12 feet to the ground from the roof of a new Stewart's shop on Broadway in Schenectady. [TU]

Professor killed in climbing accident
A 78-year-old UAlbany math professor died in a climbing accident last week[TU]

Warhorse founder honored
The Founder of Saratoga Warhorse, a non-profit that helps veterans with post-traumatic stress through work with therapy horses, will be honored as Veteran of the Year by the NYS Military Museum[

Six tons of turkey
Equinox will serve six tons of turkey at its annual community Thanksgiving dinner. [News 10]

Stuff going on today

Talking about changing the climate
The NYS Writers Institute visiting writer series has two authors lined up for an evening of talking about the environment at the University Art Museum at Albany:
+ Journalist Jeff Goodell, author How to Cool the Planet: Geoengineering and the Audacious Quest to Fix Earth's Climate.
+ Novelist Jennifer Haigh, author of Heat and Light, which "explores the allure of fracking for residents of a ravaged coal mining town."
Thursday 7 pm, University Art Museum, UAlbany uptown campus -- free

The Unreliable Narrator
Artist Martine Syms will be at EMPAC for a talk about her residence at the venue -- she's working on a feature-length film shot with a 360-degree camera rig. "For this event, Syms will introduce a program of videos by herself and others, alongside a discussion of moving images that have been influential to her work." Thursday 7 pm -- $6
Music

The Amanda Palmer show at The Egg is sold out.

The T.I. / Gucci Mane show at the TU Center has been canceled

Tower of Power at Cohoes Music Hall
"For close to 50 years, Tower of Power has been creating their own kind of soul music." 8 pm -- $59 and up

The Orbiting Human Circus feat. Julian Koster and The Music Tapes at The Hangar
"[W]alk into the world of The Orbiting Human Circus [podcast]. Featuring Julian Koster (Neutral Milk Hotel) and The Music Tapes." 8 pm -- $15

The Heavy Pets at The Hollow
Jam. With: Gang of Thieves. 9:30 pm -- $15

AJ Croce at Troy Music Hall
Singer/songwriter. 7:30 pm -- $27

Omar Sosa at Helsinki Hudson
Latin jazz. 8 pm -- $25 ahead / $30 day of

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